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Missouri-Kansas basketball rivalry to be showcased on ESPN "College GameDay"

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 | 5:33 p.m. CST; updated 11:54 p.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — For the first time, ESPN's "College GameDay" will be in Columbia for a Missouri basketball game on Saturday.

Doors open at 7 a.m. Saturday at Mizzou Arena, and the show begins at 9 a.m. The show is open to the public, and students who show up will receive priority seating for No. 4 Missouri's game against No. 8 Kansas at 8 p.m.

The football version of "College GameDay" visited MU in October, when Missouri upset No. 1 Oklahoma, 36-27. An estimated record-number of fans filled Francis Quadrangle for the show on the morning of the game. It is the only time that the show has been to Columbia for a football game since it started traveling to college campuses in 1993.

The basketball version of "College GameDay" has been traveling to college campuses since 2005. The show is hosted by Rece Davis, along with former Duke player Jay Bilas, former North Carolina player Hubert Davis, former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps and former Indiana and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight.

The show will include free giveaways to fans, and one MU student will have a chance to take a half-court shot to win $18,000.

Keri Potts, spokeswoman for college sports at ESPN, said every show also includes a segment much like "The Newlywed Game" show where two players compete to show their knowledge about each other.

Parking and seating information for Saturday morning is available at MUTigers.com.

With Missouri going to the SEC next season, Saturday night's Missouri-Kansas game will be the last time that the two rivals play in Columbia as Big 12 opponents. They play a second game in Lawrence on Feb. 25.

"This conference expansion, conference realignment, that's reality," Bilas said Wednesday. "But I find it hard to believe that Missouri and Kansas aren't going to play again. I'm not concerned about that."

Saturday also marks the first time the two rivals have met as top-10 teams since 1990, when they played twice when both teams were ranked in the top four. Missouri won both of those games.


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